Programs

High Life

Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system.The crew of death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole. A staggering and primal film about love and intimacy, suffused with anguished...
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The Aftermath

The Aftermath is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his...
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The Mustang

Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an "outdoor maintenance" program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang....
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The Public

In The Public an unusually bitter Cincinnati winter has chilled the entire city. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging a sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and the media. This David versus Goliath story tackles the challenging issues of homelessness and mental illness, setting the drama inside one of the...
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Before the Flood

Presented by St Paul's Episcopal Church Creation Care Group, United Church of Ferndale, and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities on Earth Day as part of Climate Action Week. Tickets are FREE and available at the box office only.

This epic documentary follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world to examine firsthand the effects of climate change, and to learn more about possible ways to prevent catastrophic damage that could make the Earth unsustainable for human life. During...
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Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð)

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias "The Woman of the Mountain," Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla's actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she...
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Best of the 45th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is the Northwest’s premiere showcase of new work by leading regional filmmakers. This touchstone annual event brings artists and audiences together for a community celebration including current northwest film exhibition, and Northwest Filmmakers’ Summit. Annually, Northwest Fest draws more than 400 entries from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

From Parts Unknown / Michael Workman / Missoula, MT
Ten years after starting an undergroun amateur wrestling leagure in the backyards of Spokane, Washington,...
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Rashomon + local author Michael Barrett

The postwar Japanese film that made director Akira Kurosawa a worldwide cinematic phenom. Rashomon demonstrates how different witnesses might interpret the same physical action with contradictions — known in Psychology as the Rashomon Effect. In his recently published book Foreign Language Films and the Oscar, Whatcom resident Michael Barrett calls the 1952 Oscar winner “truly one of the great films of all times.” Barrett will be on hand for the event to introduce the movie, answer questions, and sign books....
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Tomorrow Never Knows

The uncomfortable reality of death is faced by Shar and Cynthia who, upon Shar’s diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer’s, make a brave and difficult decision: she will undertake a conscious death, fully experiencing the end of her life. This documentary moves away from any ominous, taboo or frightening depiction, instead raising the question of what we really mean when we say someone has gone....
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The Brink

When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump's inner circle, and for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post -- though some say he still has a direct line to the White House -- he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his...
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The Impossible Dream / Loving Vincent Double Feature

Double Feature! One matinee ticket lets you see both making-of documentary The Impossible Dream and animated feature film Loving Vincent!

The Impossible Dream recalls a 10-year journey that brought the world's first fully painted feature film to the cinema screen. From humble beginnings in a bedroom in an industrial Polish town of Lódz, an idea for a 7-minute short film that would tell the story of Vincent van Gogh through his paintings was conceived. The potential for a truly...
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Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche

1918. As the roar of the First World War cannons is dying out, in Vienna, the heart of Central Europe, a golden age comes to an end. The Austro-Hungarian Empire is beginning to disintegrate. Since the dawn of the century, Gustav Klimt and Egan Schiele have fundamentally changed the feeling of art, through a new way of painting that portrayed the restlessness, fears and desires of mankind.

Taking place across five stunning exhibitions with never-before-seen access, Klimt &...
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Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake comes to cinemas with a fresh look for the 21st century and is "as bold and beautiful as ever" (Telegraph). This thrilling, audacious and witty production is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm. Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, this "spellbinding" (Independent) re-imagining of the classic New Adventures production stars Will...
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Trumbo + Laura Kalpakian’s ‘The Great Pretenders’

Trumbo is presented along with local author Laura Kalpakian’s release of her new novel The Great Pretenders and will feature a reading from the book and a Q&A with Laura before the film.

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice...
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Ask Dr. Ruth

Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution....
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Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

Third Eye Cinema is a monthly series at the Limelight programmed by Pickford staff and sponsored by Film Is Truth. Tickets are only $5!

Programmed by Michael
The people of Earth have been devastated by inexplicable and widespread organ failures, and as a result scientists begin planning a substantial organ harvest. Though an innovative biotech conglomerate offers the fearful public a means of maintaining their health by enacting a series of hassle-free organ payment plans, things begin...
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La forza del destino (Royal Opera House)

La forza del destino is one of Verdi's most ambitious scores. Its overture - which introduces us to the sinister motif signifying Fate - is one of his most memorable. The opera also contains some of Verdi’s most brilliant choral writing, including Act III’s stirring ‘Rataplan’ chorus, and several beautiful and intimate arias such as Leonora's ardent Act IV 'Pace, pace mio Dio!'. There's comedy too with the scenes for the greedy monk Fra Melitone. Christof Loy's colourful and spectacular...
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Once Upon a Superhero

Producer Scott Weil will be in attendance. Q+A to follow the film!

A homeless wanderer named Solar Flare proclaims to be a real superhero from the Sun who's been exiled to live on Earth without his superpowers for 189 days. From the personal discovery of why he was sent here (to save this planet from an apocalyptic solar flare), to the array of bizarre characters that misguide him, we follow the lost "superhero" on what quickly becomes a downward...
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Wrestle (Indie Lens Pop-Up)

Presented by Indie Lens. Tickets are free and available at the box office only.

Wrestle is an intimate, inspiring coming of age portrait of the wrestling team at a struggling high school in Huntsville, Alabama. As they fight towards the State Championship, wrestlers Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan face injustices and challenges on and off the mat, grappling with obstacles that jeopardize their success, while their coach wades into the complexities of class and race in the South....
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Hail Satan?

"Amusingly, Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan? is interested in clarifying one critical misconception about the Satanic Temple: its members don’t, in fact, worship the Devil at all. Rather, the organization—or religion, as they’d prefer to be called—is, essentially, an ultimately altruistic group of people, typically self-proclaimed misfits, who wish to highlight the double standards of the so-called separation of church and state—all while co-opting Satanic iconography to get a rise out of Christian conservatives." The Film Stage...
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